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Teen dies after being found with fractured skull

Shannon Aspin
Shannon Aspin

A 17-year-old girl has died after she was found at an address in Lancashire with a fractured skull.

Detectives are still trying to establish how Shannon Aspin came about her injuries and are appealing to anyone who may have information to come forward.

Shannon is believed to have been witnessed arguing with a man on Rutland Close in Blackburn on the evening of Thursday July 28.

Later that night she was taken by paramedics to the Royal Preston Hospital from an address on St Gabriel's Avenue at around 8.20pm.

Shannon, who was described by her family as an "outstanding pupil" who "brought joy and happiness to everyone that knew her", died in hospital on Tuesday evening.

Her family said that she had been looking forward to starting a new job and apprenticeship and had been a hard worker, having got her first job at the age of 13.

A post mortem examination will take place in due course to try to establish the exact cause of death.

In a tribute, Shannon's family said: "Shannon was a generous person who was full of life and brought joy and happiness to everyone that knew her.

"She was like Tigger, she never sat still, full of life and laughter and energy. Shannon was looking forward to starting a new job and apprenticeship."

The statement added: "She excelled at school and was very brainy. She was an outstanding pupil. Shannon was determined in every aspect of life and was extremely strong-willed.

"She was a beautiful person inside and out. She was genuine and had so much love to give. She had so much potential and a bright future ahead of her."

A 21-year-old man from Blackburn was arrested on suspicion of assault and has been released on bail pending further inquiries until October 21

DI Julie Cross of Blackburn CID said: "This is a tragic incident involving the very sad death of Shannon and my thoughts are with her family and friends at this time.

"We are continuing our investigation to establish exactly what has happened to her and how she came about her injury.

"I would urge anyone who may have seen Shannon on the evening of Thursday July 28 or who has any information at all, no matter how small or trivial you think it might be, to contact us as soon as possible."

Anyone with information can contact police on 101 quoting log 1351 of July 29.

Alternatively Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at Crimestoppers-uk.org.